Weekly Update: Possible settlement in swipe fee antitrust lawsuit

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Possible settlement in swipe fee antitrust litigation

According to the National Restaurant Association, there is a potential settlement of class action litigation that could provide businesses with payment for prior swipe fees incurred with Visa or Mastercard from Jan. 1, 2004, to Jan. 25, 2019. Some businesses received notices regarding the potential settlement. The case is not yet settled, but businesses could file a claim after the settlement is approved and may get reimbursement. The hearing for final approval is Nov. 7. Learn more.

All guests welcome: Address accessibility challenges and solutions

Join us at the Washington Hospitality Convention where speakers from AbiliTrek will explore enhancing accessibility in businesses. Click here to learn more about the speaker lineup.

Register today,

Primary elections: You have your ballots, now it’s time to vote

As a vote-by-mail state, Washington’s ballots were mailed out last week and should be arriving to you soon. The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 6… do you know who your hospitality-endorsed or recommended candidates are in Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma? For the complete voter’s guide and local county voter guides from the Secretary of State’s Office, click here.

Desserts, golf and beer: The recipe for a perfect afternoon

Get first dibs on premium desserts in a dessert dash. Bid too low and the dessert you want might go to someone else. All proceeds benefit ProStart. Golf FORE! Education is a golf tournament fundraiser on Aug. 27 at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Take action on July 30, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Speak up about how you are raising awareness about and preventing human trafficking at your business. The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is encouraging members to engage in a Day of Action with your employees to highlight the ongoing efforts of the industry to combat human trafficking and showcase the unified efforts of the industry nationally. Read more about the campaign here.

Share your stories on social media with #NoRoomForTrafficking or email nrft@ahla.com.

Reminder: As a member, you get FREE human trafficking prevention training for your staff. This training is conducted by Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) and is the most comprehensive training of its kind for the hospitality industry.

Use these codes to get your free training at the BEST website.

  • Individual Staff Training Course (English): WAHospitality-staff
  • Individual Staff Training Course (Spanish): WAHospitality-span
  • Individual Manager Training Course and Group Training Course (English or Spanish): WAHospitality


All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Everett: Aug. 26, Food Services of America, Registration Deadline: Aug. 12

Kent: Aug. 20, Sysco, Registration Deadline: Aug. 6

Seattle: Sept. 3, Bargreen Ellingson, Registration Deadline: Aug. 20

Spokane (Post Falls): Aug. 22, Sysco, Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

Tacoma: Aug. 13, Bargreen Ellingson, Registration Deadline: July 30


Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Chipotle is soaring. Sales rose 10 percent last quarter (CNN)

Hilton cuts forecast for key revenue measure amid slowing economic growth (Reuters)

Starbucks to expand delivery with Uber Eats across U.S in early 2020 (Reuters)

A hotel’s complimentary amenities can make all the difference (Travel Pulse)

Dining reservation app OpenTable moves into delivery (WJLA)

Local photography offers hotel guests vivid narrative (Hotel News Now)

A look at the menu innovation driving KFC Global’s sales Momentum (Forbes)

U.S. hoteliers plan ahead to prolong high-demand season (Hotel News Now)

Sixty-nine percent of restaurants use multiple technologies, but many want all-in-one system (Restaurant Dive)

Why leading restaurants commit to new mover marketing (QSR)

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